Throw out everything that hinders. Excess weight – that you may be fit, nimble, agile. Even things that are not bad in themselves… be careful that they do not threaten your spiritual life.
Throw your eyes onto Jesus. Embrace the only simplicity that can really bring peace to your frantic spirit. No longer meander aimlessly and carelessly through life. With Christ as your example, run this marathon, this race (‘agon‘ = struggle) with perseverance.
Perseverance isn’t about desperately hanging onto something, for that could be borne out of fear or pride. Nor is it about stubbornly insisting on doing the impossible, for that could be driven by pride and selfish ambition.
Perseverance does mean to keep trying to do the possible, as you inquire of the Lord and abide in Him. To look forward, in thought and deed,, to knowing the triumph of faith, which is the victory of God’s grace in your life and in the lives of others.
For He throws upon us new grace, mercies and strength each day for the hours.